NZIFF Booklet

Films by Must See

Staff Picks: Rebecca McMillan

What an exercise in restraint. I don’t endorse restricting your own festival wishlist to a mere dozen. But IF you were forced to… then I recommend going no further than this fine selection of female voices, Cannes audience winners, animation storytelling, retro cinema, fresh adventures, and humour. 


Kleber Mendonça Filho

Brazilian actress Sonia Braga has the role of her life in this engrossing and richly surprising portrait of a fiercely intelligent and independent woman fighting to save the apartment she loves from demolition.


Bentley Dean, Martin Butler

Australian documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler collaborated with villagers in the Vanuatu highlands who’d never seen a movie to create this luminous tale of forbidden love and continuously evolving tradition.

The Red Turtle

La Tortue rouge

Michael Dudok de Wit

Studio Ghibli’s first international co-production is a ravishing castaway fable that combines beauty, mystery, drama and heartbreak – with not a word spoken. It’s a triumph for animator Michael Dudok de Wit.